Symphony Nova Scotia’s special sci-fi concert that Hallowe’en evening was hosted by John Rhys-Davies, a Welsh actor who played Gimli the dwarf in the film trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”, and our author George Burden had the chance to meet him!
Hunyadi Castle, in Eastern Transylvania, is the major sight in the town of Hunedoara, which is studded with abandoned factories that date back to the Ceausescu era of the 1970s and 80s. Hunyadi’s origins echo 15th century masonry, and Vlad Tepes, it is suspected, might have been imprisoned within its walls at one time.
Sometimes the mean, old lady who just moved into the neighbourhood has the best yard during Halloween. Sometimes the mean old lady isn’t so mean after all. Or old.
Having just returned from Halloween partying in Transylvania, on the premises of a medieval castle where Vlad the Impaler may once have been imprisoned, I feel knowledgeable enough to give my two cents worth on the topic.
Halloween lets us be something or someone we are not. It also lets us cut loose and go a bit crazy.
While most only fly a short distance, others are taken up into the jet stream, some ascending into the upper atmosphere … where they can survive without food for up to 25 days! And this… is how they invade islands and mountain tops!
Halloween… the aftermath.
Edgar Allan Poe, the macabre poet, is worth quoting on Halloween.
The custom of hanging out orange lanterns on Halloween has its roots in Protestant-Catholic conflicts in Ireland. Other holidays this time of year with a similar theme are William of Orange’s birthday (November 4) and Guy Fawkes Day (November 5). Customary observances of a public nature, even if of dubious origin, are valuable community builders.
Rosie spends a good deal of her life dressing up and playing a part so Halloween really doesn’t excite her. This year was different. Inspired by a recent death in her community Rosie dressed up. Here, she talks about her rituals of remembering.